We love a hot cup of coffee anytime of the day. It is like an energy drink and people all over the world enjoy their coffee any time of the day. On average coffee drinkers down anywhere from two to four glasses on an average per day. Is this coffee that they are drinking giving them any health benefits, one wonders.
When is it that you checked the ingredients of your coffee pod? Never perhaps. Yes, we just overlook such details and always believe that coffee is good for health. Yes, it is true that coffee beans are good for health. But what about the additives that is mixed while curing the beans and other ingredients mixed for flavour and texture. They are surely not good for the body. Consumption of more than 2 cups of coffee per day by an adult, results in over-stimulation of the nervous system. The numerous adverse effects of coffee thus imposed, are overlooked given its popularity as a refreshing drink.
Influences on Nutrition
Coffee consumption hampers calcium and iron absorption, which in turn dampens bone calcification and haemoglobin formation respectively. Body stores of other heavy metals and essential trace elements are also similarly depleted. These effects are further accentuated by its inhibitory effect on vitamin and excessive loss of water-soluble vitamins in urine.
Consequently, coffee drinkers often present with clinical problems like osteoporosis, fractures and nutritional anaemia.
Chronic coffee intoxication causes irregular heart beats, tremulousness, distorted speech and rambling flow of thoughts. Associated anxiety, irritability, emotional liability, and depression gradually lead to lapses in judgement and deterioration in work efficiency.
Inability to sleep at night and excessive sleepiness during the day, gives a feeling of fatigue all day long and interferes with the work.
The stimulating ingredient in coffee is “caffeine,” which is an addictive drug; very much like nicotine in tobacco, and alcohol. The habit is hard to break. Withdrawal symptoms are too many and are nerve racking too. Consequently, relapses are frequent.
Effects on the blood circulation
Coffee increases the frequency and force of heart contractions. This does not directly endanger heart’s blood supply, but people predisposed to heart attacks may succumb to consequent work overload experienced by their heart.
Excessive urination experienced after a cup of coffee is related to increased activity of the heart resulting in increased blood flow to kidneys.
Elevated stress hormones levels are documented secondary to coffee consumption. However, the agent responsible for this effect is currently not known.
Pregnant women who consume more than two small cups of coffee per day are at risk of abortions, premature births, intrauterine growth retardations and stillbirths.
The bottom line is that coffee is a medicinal herb that was never meant for everyday consumption. Although it has a few upsides; slight increased metabolic rate, diuretic, and improves alertness, it has far more adverse effects on the body. If you need coffee to make it through a day of sitting at a desk, you are obviously not in good health and should consider other ways to increase energy, mainly through nutrition and exercise.